D. Kojo Hamilton, MDAssociate Professor
Residency Program Director, UPMC Mercy
Co-Director, Spine Fellowship Program
D. Kojo Hamilton, MD, a recognized leader in scoliosis, adult spinal deformity and trauma, joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery in July of 2014.
He received his medical degree and residency training from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. He underwent further subspecialty training in complex spine, spinal deformity, scoliosis and spine surgical oncology, with a combined neurosurgical and orthopedic (AOSpine) fellowship, at the University of Virginia. Dr. Hamilton further received subspecialty training in Auckland City Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand.
He is board certified in neurological surgery and a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and a candidate member of the Scoliois Research Society.
After training, Dr. Hamilton received appointments at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Maryland Shock Trauma Hospital where he treated patients with complex spine deformity and severe spine and brain trauma. Before joining UPMC, Dr. Hamilton was at the Oregon Health and Science University Spine Center where he treated patients with neurological trauma as well as spinal deformity conditions including adult idiopathic scoliosis, spondylolisthesis and general back and neck pain.
Dr. Hamilton is nationally involved in teaching advanced and current techniques in scoliosis and adult spine deformity. He has an extensive research background in spine surgery and has presented nationally and internationally on the subject.
Dr. Hamilton has received several awards and accolades from his patients, nurses and peers.
Specialized Areas of Interest
Scoliosis, adult and pediatric spinal deformity, cranial and spine trauma.
American Board of Neurological Surgery
Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC
Monongahela Valley Hospital
UPMC Hamot Medical Center
Professional Organization Membership
American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
AANS/CNS Joint Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care
AOSpine North America (AOSNA)
Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
Scoliosis Research Society
Education & Training
BS (High Honors), Biochemistry, University of Maryland, 1998
MD, University of Virginia, 2003
Fellowship, Brain and Spine, Auckland City Hospital, 2008
Residency, University of Virginia, 2009
Fellowship, Complex Spine, University of Virginia, 2010
Honors & Awards
Distinguished Alumni, University of Virginia Summer Medical and Dental Education Program
Pittsburgh’s Best Doctors, Pittsburgh Magazine, 2016
Smith JS, Klineberg E, Lafage V, Shaffrey CI, Schwab F, Lafage R, Hostin R, Mundis GM Jr, Errico TJ, Kim HJ, Protopsaltis TS, Hamilton DK, Scheer JK, Soroceanu A, Kelly MP, Line B, Gupta M, Deviren V, Hart R, Burton DC, Bess S, Ames CP; International Spine Study Group. Prospective multicenter assessment of perioperative and minimum 2-year postoperative complication rates associated with adult spinal deformity surgery. J Neurosurg Spine [Epub ahead of print], 2016.
Hamilton DK, Kanter AS, Bolinger BD, Mundis GM Jr, Nguyen S, Mummaneni PV, Anand N, Fessler RG, Passias PG, Park P, La Marca F, Uribe JS, Wang MY, Akbarnia BA, Shaffrey CI, Okonkwo DO; International Spine Study Group (ISSG). Reoperation rates in minimally invasive, hybrid and open surgical treatment for adult spinal deformity with minimum 2-year follow-up. Eur Spine J [Epub ahead of print], 2016.
Klineberg EO, Passias PG, Jalai CM, Worley N, Sciubba DM, Burton DC, Gupta MC, Soroceanu A, Zebala LP, Mundis GM Jr, Kim HJ, Hamilton DK, Hart RA, Ames CP, Lafage V; International Spine Study Group. Predicting Extended Length of Hospital Stay in an Adult Spinal Deformity Surgical Population.
Spine [Epub ahead of print], 2015.
Smith JS, Lafage V, Shaffrey CI, Schwab F, Lafage R, Hostin R, OʼBrien M, Boachie-Adjei O, Akbarnia BA, Mundis GM, Errico T, Kim HJ, Protopsaltis TS, Hamilton DK, Scheer JK, Sciubba D, Ailon T, Fu KG, Kelly MP, Zebala L, Line B, Klineberg E, Gupta M, Deviren V, Hart R, Burton D, Bess S, Ames CP; International Spine Study Group. Outcomes of Operative and Nonoperative Treatment for Adult Spinal Deformity: A Prospective, Multicenter, Propensity-Matched Cohort Assessment With Minimum 2-Year Follow-up. Neurosurgery [Epub ahead of print], 2015.
Hamilton DK. Expert's comment concerning Grand Rounds case entitled "Combined selective dorsal rhizotomy and scoliosis correction procedure in patients with cerebral palsy. Eur Spine J 25(2):377-8, 2016
Crowley RW, Burke RM, Lopes MB, Hamilton DK, Jane JA Sr. Long-term cure of high-grade spinal cord glioma in a pediatric patient who underwent cordectomy. J Neurosurg Spine [Epub ahead of print], 2015.
Protopsaltis TS, Scheer JK, Terran JS, Smith JS, Hamilton DK, Kim HJ, Mundis GM Jr, Hart RA, McCarthy IM, Klineberg E, Lafage V, Bess S, Schwab F, Shaffrey CI, Ames CP; International Spine Study Group.How the neck affects the back: changes in regional cervical sagittal alignment correlate to HRQOL improvement in adult thoracolumbar deformity patients at 2-year follow-up. J Neurosurg Spine 23(2):153-8, 2015
Mohamed AS, Yoo J, Hart R, Ragel BT, Hiratzka J, Hamilton DK, Barnes PD, Ching AC. Posterior fixation without debridement for vertebral body osteomyelitis and discitis. Neurosurg Focus 37(2):E6, 2014.
Reames DL, Kasliwal MK, Smith JS, Hamilton DK, Arlet V, Shaffrey CI. Time to development, clinical and radiographic characteristics, and management of proximal junctional kyphosis following adult thoracolumbar instrumented fusion for spinal deformity. J Spinal Disord Tech 28(2):E106-14, 2015.
Koltz MT, Maulucci CM, Sansur CA, Hamilton DK. C7 intralaminar screw placement, an alternative to lateral mass or pedicle fixation for treatment of cervical spondylytic myelopathy, kyphotic deformity, and trauma: A case report and technical note. Surg Neurol Int 17;5:4, 2014.
A complete list of Dr. Hamilton's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.
Dr. Hamilton is a principal investigator on a Phase 2b, multicenter, parallel- group, placebo-controlled, randomized, double-blind study to evaluate Staphylococcus Aureus-4 antigen (SA4Ag) vaccine safety and efficacy in the prevention of postoperative Staphylococcus aureus disease in adults ages 18 to <86 years who are undergoing elective posterior instrumented lumbar spinal fusion. Approximately 2600 subjects are expected to be enrolled internationally. Dr. Hamilton has currently reached 50% enrollment for the University of Pittsburgh site. The national average is 15%.
Dr. Hamilton is also a principal investigator on a study involving neurophysiological and imaging markers of iatrogenic spinal cord injury (SCI) and recovery. The working hypothesis is that changes in intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring and functional anisotropy (measured via diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) are sensitive and specific to spinal cord injury. The working hypothesis, based on previously published studies, is that improvement in somatosensory evoked potentials and FA scores (measured via DTI) correlate closely with the functional recovery in SCI.